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BSc (Hons), CertHE, DipHE Equine Performance Science

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Explore areas that contribute to horses' performance including nutrition, equitation science, training, health and coaching. Study in our specialist equine facilities at ARU Writtle.

Our BSc (Hons) Equine Performance Science degree is all about putting science into practice.

It will give you a thorough grounding in the scientific principles underpinning horse health and management. But we’ll also explore elements such as coaching the rider, saddle fit, behaviour, farriery, managing gait abnormalities and more.

You’ll be based in the Equine Training and Development Centre, which offers extensive facilities including a working stable yard, riding arenas and an equine therapy barn. There are around 70 horses on campus, and you’re able to bring your own horse to university too: find out more about our DIY Livery Yard.

Equine athletes are complex, with various strands of support combining to maximise their performance.

As a graduate, you’ll have a thorough understanding of all possible contributors to performance – from a micro to macro level – and be ready to contribute positively to equine performance.

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Equine Academy: support for talented riders

The Equine Academy at ARU Writtle supports a group of competition-level riders every year. It offers training sessions for the rider, stabling for the horse, and access to our equine facilities and experienced support staff.

Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.


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Hands-on learning

Study equine courses with ARU Writtle and benefit from:

  • dedicated Equine Training and Development Centre on our Cow Watering Campus
  • working stable yard, with around 70 horses on campus
  • indoor and outdoor riding arenas
  • oval horse walker
  • therapy barn
  • 150-hectare campus with grazing and space for events
  • DIY Livery Yard for students' horses.
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Outstanding student support

Join our student community and:

  • learn from experienced tutors, who'll provide encouragement and feedback
  • make full use of facilities including extensive library and IT resources
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, careers advice, health and wellbeing, and more.


As a graduate of our BSc (Hons) Equine Performance Science degree, you'll have the scientific understanding and practical knowledge to pursue a career in the equine industry.

Some of the job roles you may consider are:

  • horse and rider instructor
  • equine nutrition
  • show co-ordinator/event manager
  • equine trainer/educator
  • competition horse production.

Graduation doesn't have to be the end of your time with us. You might decide to at ARU and study for a Masters, such as our MSc Equine Performance Science.

Apply now for BSc (Hons), CertHE, DipHE Equine Performance Science

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Life in Writtle

Close to major cities, ARU Writtle is located on a picturesque 150-hectare campus in the heart of the Essex countryside.

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